Isn't it interesting how cut-and-dried things are when you're in opposition? We've just heard Charles Chauvel on radio arguing for the abolition of the defence of provocation for those accused of murder. This has nothing to do with Clayton Weatherston; rather, it comes in the wake of the manslaugher verdict against Hungarian man Ferdinand Ambach yesterday.
If Charles Chauvel and his colleagues were so opposed to the defence of provocation, why didn't they legislate during their nine years in government? After all, the circumstances in the case are hardly unique, with the possible exception of a banjo being used as the weapon. It's not as if this is the first time that the defence of provocation has been used when a defendant claims to have received unwanted or unsolicited sexual advances. Wethinks Labour doth protest too much!